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firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service Deanna and Alex Kjorlien fight bed bugs with the help of some furry friends How did Green Dog Pest Service get started? My husband, Alex, and I started the company together. Alex's dad was a co-owner and dog handler for a company that used narcotic detection K-9s for private sector businesses. We knew early on that we wanted to work with scent detection K-9s and that we didn't want to do narcotics work. We decided to focus on using dogs to work with biologists and entomologists to locate endangered or invasive species of animals, insects or vegetation. Once we were oriented to the bed bug detection work, we realized this line of K-9 work was a great fit for both our professional and family lives, and decided to pursue it exclusively. What is your background, and what first got you involved in the pest control industry? I grew up in the horse business, primarily Thoroughbred and Quarter horse racehorses. I trained for a few years before Alex and I were married. We both have always owned working or hunting dogs. When we decided to start this line of work, I had the opportunity to train with ProTech Termite and Pest Control, based in Springfield, Virginia. They have been in the pest control industry for 35 years and have been utilizing both termite and bed bug detection dogs for 13 years. The wealth of information and training I received there was invaluable to our future business. Canine pest detection is a hot topic right now. What are some of the misconceptions most people have about it? There are many pre-conceived notions about the ability or lack of abilities of scent detection dogs. The dogs' olfactory system is incredibly powerful and accurate. Just like pest control technicians, you have to Deanna with Nigel, a 10-week-old English Cocker Spaniel who hopefully will become a future team member. Some of the dogs currently in the field (L-R): Maggie, Hunter, Sadie and Elton. www.pcoc.org / Summer 2015 27 http://pcoc.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Presidential Profile
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
Federal Update
Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
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